MYTH: Undergraduate research only works at giant research universities.

MYTH: Undergraduate research only works at giant research universities.

Actually, the magic of undergraduate research is particularly powerful at Longwood, where close ties between students and faculty and small classes create a potent elixir of collaboration and opportunity.

At Longwood, every student has the opportunity to engage in undergraduate research—from our signature summer research program PRISM to semester-long projects within classes. Research is a unique aspect of our curriculum that enhances the already robust academic programming.

Around the country, education researchers are homing in on the transformational power of undergraduate research experiences to shape students and catapult them forward. The data are clear: Research nurtures curiosity, innovation and perseverance—essential skills for success in any graduate program or profession.

“I thought I had faced some intellectual challenges before, but this work is on another level. It’s really pushing my limits far past where I thought they were.”
~Sabrina Walker ’17

"Most undergraduates don’t get to do this kind of research. The anticipation and seeing the results are exciting.”
~Alexon Munson-Catt ‘16

Student doing research in a lab

Research Opportunities

  • Research-based assignments in courses
  • Research courses that emphasize theory or methods within majors
  • Senior capstone courses and Senior Honors Research
  • Research assistant experience on faculty projects
  • Student-initiated projects mentored by a faculty mentor
  • Public presentations, posters and creative exhibits and performances at Longwood as well as professional conferences

Research Benefits

  • Students gain confidence to work independently, leadership skills through working collaboratively, refined information literacy abilities and communication skills, all of which are desirable to potential employers and graduate school programs. Students can participate in research from day one, and continue to build on their experiences throughout their university careers.
  • Faculty enjoy more positive perceptions of their jobs through increased contact with students, pursue topics that go beyond their courses and enhance their own research through collaborations with students.


  • Natural sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics as well as the fields of mathematics and computer science, where research may involve experimentation using the scientific method, often within a laboratory setting


Longwood commits to undergraduate research as an essential part of a transformative college education

Ri’Shawn Bassette ’17 in a lab doing research as part of the PRISM program

“The idea of working closely with a faculty mentor, pushing through obstacles to make your own distinctive contribution to a field, and in the process learning teamwork, communication and ethical responsibility—that’s Longwood in a nutshell,” said President W. Taylor Reveley IV.

“The goal now is to make that a part of every Longwood student’s experience.”

Read the full article in the Longwood magazine